East Japanese Restaurant
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
- Business Lunch
- Dine at the Bar
- Good for Groups
- Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
- Sake and Soju
- Full Bar
38th St. to 53rd St., First Ave. to Fifth Ave.
This venue is closed.
This midtown chainlet prides itself on being the first yakitori spot in New York City. Some three dozen skewer varieties are available, from classic marinated chicken to chewy squid and quail eggs wrapped in supple bacon. Grilled short ribs are fatty and flavorful, served on and off the bone and finished with a savory sear. A full Japanese kitchen menu backs up the skewers, with tempuras, teriyakis, and noodle soups. Bento boxes are popular choices for the lunchtime business crowd. Sushi selections tend toward the conventional, although maki rolls show flair. Dried chili provides a spicy kick for the Mexican Rolls, which juxtapose tender tuna with a crisp tempura spine. Traditional spicy yellowtail, salmon, and tuna rolls are augmented by a dense-textured chicken version. A small front room welcomes diners to the yakitori bar delineated by four intersecting planks of rough-hewn wood, where a well-selected sake menu is joined by Sapporo drafts, served in jumbo-sized steins.Half-Price Nights
On Monday nights, select sushi and sashimi items are 50% off from 5:30 p.m.—10:30 p.m. On Tuesday, select skewers are half off during the same hours. Thursdays see half-price salmon specials.Recommended Dishes
Chicken skewer, $2; quail egg and bacon skewer, $2.50; Mexican roll, $4.50; salmon teriyaki, $15
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